Identify the main factors that led to the collapse of the Thai baht in 1997.
An export fed growth spurt spurred on huge investments in property. This in turn increased property values. An already stressed stock market was further weakened by the collapse of Thailand's major bank (Finance One). This coupled with the unsustainable peg on the baht to the dollar contributed to the collapse.
Do you think the sudden collapse of the
The PPP theory suggests that the purchasing power of two companies should be equal. The peg of the baht to the dollar clearly created an unfavorable shift. When the exports shifted to imports to sustain the massive construction efforts, the baht could not maintain its position.
What role did the speculators play in the fall of the
The speculators forced the Thai government to invest its money in forward contracts.
This made the peg against the dollar weak, and the government was unable to defend it. Although a major player, the speculators did not force the compromised position of the economy.
What steps might the
How will the collapse of the
The Thai based businesses will have a tougher time purchasing imports with their weakened baht. This will make Thai products very enticing for interests abroad. The compromised position of the baht almost insures that...